Senator O’Domhnaill clashes with Minister Hogan over proposed landfill levies

Donegal Senator Brian O'Domhnaill has clashed with Environment MInister Phil Hogan over proposalsd top increase the amount of money charged at landfill sites.

During as debate on the Environment Bill, Senator O'Domhnaill said sharp increases in landfill levies double household waste collection in Donegal to ass much as €800 per year.

He said this will lead to people refusing to pay waste collectors, and choose to get rid of their own waste instead.............

[podcast]http://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/07/brian830.mp3[/podcast]

Responding, Minister Hogan said that EU directives mean that the amount gioing to landfill must be reduced, and the best way to do that is to make it more worthwhile to reuse and recycle.

Minister Hogan told the Seanad that at present, it is cheaper to send waste to landfill, and that is not sustainable.

He says behaviour has to be changed..............

[podcast]http://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/07/hogan830.mp3[/podcast]